Read: Habakkuk 3:11-19
Life can be difficult at times. At some point, almost all of us have wondered and asked, “Where is God in my trouble?” We may have even said, “It seems injustice is winning and God is silent.” Well, when we see the wicked flourish and the righteous suffer, we tend to think like that. But the Bible shows us that we have a choice as to how we respond to our troubles. The prophet Habakkuk had an attitude worth emulating: He made the choice to rejoice.
Habakkuk saw the rapid deterioration of Judah’s moral and spiritual state, and he was deeply disturbed. God’s response troubled him even more. God would use the wicked nation of Babylon to punish and discipline Judah. Habakkuk didn’t fully understand this, but he could rejoice because he had learned to rely on the wisdom, justice, and sovereignty of God. He closes his book with a wonderful declaration: “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Hab. 3:18). Even though it was not clear as to how Judah would survive, Habakkuk had learned to trust God in the midst of injustice, grief, and loss. He would live by his faith in God alone. Along with this kind of faith came joy in God despite the adverse circumstances surrounding him.
We also can rejoice in our trials and troubles. If we know that God is trustworthy and He does everything for our good, we don’t need to be panic-stricken like those who don’t know God. The apostle Paul rightly said, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). We can have surefooted confidence in the Lord, and rest in His sovereignty. Praising God in our trials turns burdens into blessings.